On The Floor: Sounds From The DNC

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Sen. Barack Obama was nominated as the Democratic party's presidential candidate last night in Denver, and the party faithful cheered on speeches by former President Bill Clinton and vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. Hear thoughts from delegates on the floor during party's emotional roll call.


Party unity has been one of the big themes at the Democrat's convention this week. That was especially so last night when Senator Hillary Clinton, on the convention floor, threw her support to Barack Obama. During Clinton's speech, producer Teshima Walker talked with delegates to get a sense of their feelings.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The state of Colorado castS 55 votes for the next president of the United States, Barack Obama.

(Soundbite of applause)

Ms. ELIZABETH CHITWITT(ph) (Delegate): Elizabeth Chitwitt. I just thought that this was a very historic convention to attend, to nominate the first woman and the first African-American to be president on a major party ticket. I'm originally for Hillary Clinton but when she stepped out of the race on June 7th and backed Barack Obama and so did I.

Senator CLINTON: Connecticut. Connecticut...

Ms. LUCILLE BURTON (Delegate): My name is Lucille Burton and I am from Youngstown, Ohio. I've always supported Obama. I love his interest in middle class. I love all the things that he stands for when he talk about health care, when he talk about ending the war and jobs. It's so wonderful to have African-Americans and whites to come in together. And we could discuss race. Barack Obama is bringing that to this country to make America better.

Ms. LUPE RAMOS-MONTENE(ph) (Delegate): Lupe Ramos-Montene from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hillary is a person for the people and it is important for me as a Hispanic to support a person such as that. And so, yeah, though I was not the happiest camper at the delegation, I was also very, very proud to see her go out there in front of the world and give her support to Barack Obama.

Ms. ALEDA BLACK(ph) (Delegate): My name is Aleda Black. I've worked for her since 1976. I've known her since 1991. She represents the greatest college of racial justice in all and human rights around the world and Hillary will be my leader for life.

Senator CLINTON: All votes cast by the delegates will be counted and that I move Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by this convention, by acclamation, as the nominee of the Democratic...

(Soundbite of applause)

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